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So Brett Ratner's Looking To Make A HERCULES Movie...

Published at: Feb. 24, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST by merrick

 

Merrick here...

I've never been a big fan of Brett Ratner.  In general, I find his films lifeless, styleless, and tepid.  I did enjoy THE FAMILY MAN and TOWER HEIST quite a bit, although I suspect something happened behind the scenes on those pictures to lessen Ratner's ultimate influence on them. To be clear,  I have no actual knowledge of this whatsoever.  I'm just voicing a suspicion, based on how un-Ratnery they feel on the whole.  

As such, it is bittersweet interest that I learned the following:  seems the mighty and awesome Dwayne Johnson is in talks to star in a HERCULES film for Brett Ratner.  The  Ryan Condol-scripted project would be an adaptation of the 2008 graphic novel HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS.  More via THIS piece in Variety.

 I sure do love Dwayne Johnson's appearances in...just about anything.  He's got a classic and rare charisma which works wonders for nearly any scene he's in.  This said, I kinda wish someone other than Ratner were making this film with Johnson.  It doesn't feel like a fit for Ratner (but what is?).  The turgid and awkward X-MEN: THE LAST STAND fully demonstrated that mega-sized movies might not be the director's strong suit.  Of course, that film drew in nearly $500 million globally, so quality and ability really don't necessarily play into such equations.  

Hercules was famously brought to the screen by Steve Reeves in the 1950s, and more recently realized by Kevin Sorbo on the HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS television series.  For my money, once the great Lou Ferrigno played the role in 1983, no other Hercules project could possibly compare.  You can interpret this last comment in any number of ways, and most likely all of them would be at least partially correct.  

 

 

 

 

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  • Feb. 24, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    yes dwayne johnson is pretty good

    by Rupee88

    I was never into wrestling but he is charismatic and fun to watch onscreen

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Ratner's only good film is...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Rush Hour. Everything else has either bee trash or basic and bland. I don't understand how he is still making movies.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Can we now say that Dwayne has officially replaced Arnold?

    by Jaster Mareel

    I think that handoff in The Rundown has turned prophetic. Definitely won't see this in the theater but I might rent it at some point.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    We've already had a recent Hercules movie...

    by Lou Stools

    It was called Thor.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Ratner....'Hackules'....please don't; you're shit, mate.

    by scrote

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Only thing Ratner has to be proud of is ...

    by Judge Briggs

    Tapping Olivia Munn's bootyful ass ... Lucky motherfucker. No one will ever forgive him for the shit that is X3.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    So I'm Looking Not To Watch A Brett Ratner HERCULES Movie...

    by HSStudios

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Ratboy and Reeves are symptoms of the machine

    by Anthony Torchia

    Brett and Keanu are talentless hacks who happened to get lucky and make a movie that made money After that, the machine took over, and is still going ....

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    said it before, ill say it again

    by regan

    the rock could be massive, I enjoy watching him on screen but he just seems to follow checks rather than good/ risky work. This smells like cheese thanks to ratner's involvement. The rock needs to seek out talented/ unknown directors on the edge. and get help/advice when it comes to his film choices.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    I feel like the Rock has missed his potential slightly

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    I'd be pulling for this movie to be a big hit.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Liked Ratner/Brosnan's AFTER THE SUNSET

    by riskebiz

    That seemed like a good Thomas Crown/Bond worthy film. X3 isn't the travesty that everyone makes it out to be. It's irrational in the same way people hate Affleck. In regard to his new Hercule's take...I only hope that the Rock sports a very Steve Reeve's Hercule's beard. Hercule's ought to always have a Steve Reeve's-esque beard. He is NOT Kevin Sorbo's clean shaven in looks.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    That Ferrigno "Hercules"

    by Dollar Bird

    was a childhood disappointment. I wanted to see something like "Clash of the Titans", but instead of some awesome Harryhausen-esque monsters, Hercules fought wind-up Zoids. Another wasted afternoon thanks to Showtime and my 9-year-old self's inability to turn off the television.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Will Eddie Murphy be Hercules...?

    by D o o d

    cause you know, he's not a faggot etc!

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Brett Ratner

    by D.Vader

    Hollywood douchebag. Don't take it from me, just read the man's quotes.

  • The only other movies that were as cleave-notized, IMO, is The Rocketeer and the second Matrix. The problem with Ratner is that even his absolute best movies are nothing more than mildly entertaining. His worst are just plain bad. Rush Hour 3? Huh? Why? Wha?

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    The Ratner hate is funny coming from this site...

    by Blue_Demon

    seeing how they pimp the crap out of a lot of sub-par movies once the check clears. "The turgid and awkward X-Men: The Last Stand..."? Um...did you see Singer's X-Men? Lifeless.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    That means . . . three other Hercules movies will be announced

    by kabong

    One of them will be set in contemporary Los Angeles and Adam Sandler will be attached but the star will eventually be an actor from a little-known comedy TV series. <p> That's my prediction, and you can take it to the bank.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Ratner has his finger on the pulse of....

    by GBH

    retarded losers who think a character piece is anything with a funny ha-ha moment and a wink at the camera. and btw, Tower Heist was crap. The whole car on the side of the building reminded me of a quote Kevin Costner made in JFK... "The government says it can prove it with some fancy physics in a nuclear lab. Of course they can. Theoretical physics can prove an elephant can hang from a cliff with his tail tied to a daisy. But use your eyes, your common sense."

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:34 a.m. CST

    I agree with Winona_Ryder

    by Taragor

    I love the Rock, think he's got awesome charm, but damn his agent should be fired. He has picked the lamest ass roles. They are just so dumb. His fast five was good, and his original cameo in Get Shorty (I think) where he played the gay guy was hilarious. He just needs the right roles. Hercules, in the hands of a proper script and director, could be perfect for him. we shall just see I guess. For sure rooting for the guy.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Brett Ratner

    by Tank Williams

    Hollywood A-Hole Hollywood Scum Bucket Hollywood Hack Did I miss anything?

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Zach Galifianakis could play this version of Hecules...

    by CodeName

    http://www.paintinghere.com/painting/Hercules_and_Cacus_26629.html

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Hecules?

    by CodeName

    Hercules.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Zach is Greek, by the way.

    by CodeName

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    No problem with Ratner

    by JiggahJu

    I don't understand the hatred for Ratner? The man makes a living making highly commercial films that tend to make money. If I'm investing in a highle commercial film, I want a director with a track record of providing a good return on investment. Ratner might not be the "artist" you geeks want him to be, but he isnt being hired to make that type of film. Ratner is being hired to make films that speak to the greatest amount of people possible. I have a sneaky suspicion that many of you geeks would have a change of heart if it was your money on the line. It's easy to criticize a film/director for not being "geeky" enough when you have don't have anything invested. There are plenty of directors out there that make the type of films that many of you folks are looking for, so why your time crucifing the man for making his style of film...no matter how "lifeless, styless and tepid" they might be.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    The Rock = THE SAVAGE DRAGON

    by 3D-Man

    C'mon, make it happen. It could probably be done pretty inexpensively. Ramp up the gore and violence and you've got yourself a winner!!!

  • It's not that he's bad, it's that he's average at best. While I wasn't in the room when Fox offered him a directing gig, I'd imagine a director with true integrity would say, "you know, I'm not sure that X-Men 3 is the right project for me, someone else might be a bit more appropriate for the job."

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Sorbo or count me out.

    by UltraTron

    Sorbo is the best Hercules with Ferigno and Swartzenegger a close second.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Chris Tucker as Hercules

    by Laughing Boy

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    AICN-the place where Ratner is a hack and Peter Berg is auteur material

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Can't wait for Battleship, right guys? Hope we get 50 more articles about it before it.....launches...

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    LAUNCHES!! Hah!

    by D.Vader

  • Feb. 24, 2012, noon CST

    @jiggahju

    by SoWasRed2012

    Agreed - I'm not convinced X3 was his fault, as I understood it they were so far along in production when Vaughn walked that they just needed someone to come in and get it out the door in time for the release date, so Ratner couldn't have affected the story if he'd wanted. I could be wrong. He's a competent director, I just wouldn't say he was much of an artist.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Hercules Returns is the best Hercules film ever

    by Kizeesh

    Also used the line "Fuckin' Prawns" to great comic effect 20 years before District 9

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

    jiggahju

    by Rupee88

    Yes well said about Ratner. Not every director has to be an "artist". Many of them just have no vision or talent but are good craftsfman at turning out technically competent films that make a profit for their employers. Ratner is one of these...sure he's probably a hollywood douche to some degree but nothing wrong with doing coke and hookers,or at least it shouldn't anger anyone else.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Also, Red Dragon was terrific

    by Proman1984

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Bill Murray will always be my Hercules

    by Fred

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Bullshit, Ratner is a horrible director

    by D o o d

    no matter how you look at it. So not every director has to be an Artist is the new defence...? I bet Ratner thinks he's an artist! The fact that people are not blaming him for making a mess of his movies is incredible! He's a biggotted douche on top of it all too!

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    choppah, concerning Tyler Perry...

    by eustisclay

    ...did you see where this guy is starring as Alex Cross? Who in their right mind watches the original Freeman movies and says, "We need to reboot these with a young Morgan Freeman, someone like....Tyler Perry!"

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Tyler Perry - He's another horrible director

    by D o o d

    This guys sure makes millions, but boy does he churn out the most vomit inducing shit I've ever seen!

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Merrick. RE: XMEN/Heist

    by joshua

    Ratner was thrust into production on Last Stand weeks before cameras rolled, when Vaughn had "family issues" "flying issues" or which ever story you want to believe. I challenge anyone to step into directing a film that's already in production a month before shooting and hit a home run. Love it or hate it, he took a swing at a difficult situation. But the suggestion that Brett had nothing to do with the quality of Tower Heist, is astounding. It was his passion project that he pushed forward for years to get made. Anyone with the slightest connection (ie, actually working in the industry) knows this. You may dislike the guy. And his movies, but it's complete talkback flame fodder to not even give the guy credit on a movie you enjoyed when it's due.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Eddie Murphy: "Hercules, hercules, hercules!"

    by Ricardo

    There. That's the movie.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    The best thing Ratner ever did was Lindsay Lohan

    by Joe Plumber

    'Nuff said.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    As long as they make Hercules the real lunk-head that he is in mythology..

    by Dr_PepperSpray

    And not Theseus, which is how he's portrayed in modern media. <P> Look it up Kids.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    I'M HERCULES, BITCH!

    by Joe Plumber

    Somebody had to say it.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Ratner thinks he's brilliant

    by D.Vader

    He doesn't believe he's just a director for hire. The man actually thinks he's brilliant.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Big fan of The Rock

    by Bass Ackwards

    I think he's great (Faster is very underrated). That said, he's a bit too pretty/modern to be Hercules for me. Im sure they'll change his look up, but the guy jut screams 21st century to me.

  • Until that ceases to happen, he will always have a job.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    bump for Hayek's cleavage

    by gaygoonie

    maybe i'm not gay.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    The 1983 version of "Hercules" is my guiltiest pleasure

    by Lily

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Jessica Harper for the Wicked Queen.

    by cookylamoo

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Ratner is just in it for the money and woman..

    by gus

    he is good at his job...he gets scripts and a budget and shoots the movies the studios want...he doesnt have the talent to elevate bad material or does he care whether his movies are good or not..he wants to get paid and laid..hes not an artist and he probably doesnt care...and whats with all the rock love...he is terrible in everything!

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    No Lou Ferigno = shit

    by Darth Macchio

    Seriously. When baby Hercules grabs those awesomely fake "serpents" and chokes them with the lighting effects and hokey synth laser "zap" sounds - I love the Ferigno Hercules movies. I mean giant stop-motion mechanical baddies? Lou Ferigno with a voice-dub? A female Daedalus? (not sure if its a guy or a girl but I think it's supposed to be a guy)...a Zeus with a worse wig than any cheesy mall Santa you've ever seen? That was genius. And worthy of inclusion in the "WTF Hollywood" threads...the movie is LEGENDARY!

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    I've got the plot breakdown

    by FastEddie8139

    Hercules is forced to return to Earth from Mt. Olympus in the year 2012 to face some unspeakable evil, but before he can do that he has to survive modern-day Los Angeles and his crazy-but-streetwise new sidekick, played by Chris Tucker or possibly Martin Lawrence!

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    CORRECTION: Brett Ratner appears to be making a shitty Hercules movie

    by Mickster_Island

    You know Chris Tucker's watching the phone. He's got a great idea for a kooky, racist sidekick.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    I left my response to the TP question in the last talkback.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    The Rock and the Rat teaming up for the upteenth version of Hercules.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Why don't they be original and do an Icarus movie?

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    X3 IS the fucking travesty it's made out to be

    by NightArrows

    Biggest pile of dumb-fuck decision making in the last while. They speak to the fact that there was no budget for the Phoenix to do her thing and yet they make Magneto move an entire fucking bridge and for what fucking purpose? You have Colossus in the same movie as Juggernaut and they pair off Juggy with fucking KITTY PRIDE. A final battle that was just fucking embarrassing (Iceman finishes Pyro off with a HEAD-BUTT?) It's just a big fucking waste of opportunity from the top on down. So YES, it's the FUCKING TRAVESTY that it's made out to be when it pisses away epic material from the comic that COULD have been adapted gold. Fuck Ratner. Fuck Fox. (Although I quite enjoyed Family Man, Ratner is still an EPIC Cunt)

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    nightarrows, may I use the phrase "EPIC CUNT" please?

    by ChickenStu

    I just fell in love with it you see...

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Ratner hating...

    by Terminocity

    saves lives.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Ahem, Hercules and no mention of Arnold?

    by moonlightdrive

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    I actually didn't know about that Lou Ferrigno incarnation

    by moonlightdrive

    These are the moments that make coming to AICN so rewarding.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    His "rehearsing is for f***" quote sealed the deal

    by Ali Kerim Bey

    It's like an adult given someone's baby to hold. The person holding the baby then jokes around the whole time, and comes pretty close to dropping the kid several times - maybe even doing it once or twice. And afterwards, he makes a comment saying "oh, baby carriers are for f***." Thus sticking to his mediocre ways instead of at least trying a mature process that might lead to better results. If Ratner went the extra creative mile with his projects -- turning them from average to good -- then people wouldn't have too much of a problem with him. However, not only is his name synonymous with turning out average products, but he angers fans further by having a cheeky demeanor and appearing to have an ultra-cavalier attitude on set. Then, to make matters worse he says "rehearsing is for f***." Whether rehearsing is a sure method for a better film or not, it seems that Ratner is fine with average and has a frat-boy attitude to anything that might be a "grown-up" process. Joke around all you want, as long as you're giving audiences something great. Give audiences crap too many times, and they'll hate you even if you even tell a chicken-cross-road joke while you should be busy making a better film!

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Yes indeed...Arnold Strong!!!

    by Darth Macchio

    I loved how he totally had that Pee-wee Herman from "Big Adventure" hotel clerk scene overdubbed voice. But the Lou Ferigno Hercules were the true gems of holyshitwtf-filmmaking! That was like '79 I think too - either just before or after "Pumping Iron" was released I believe (where they spoke of the rivalry between Ferigno and Schwarzenegger - good stuff!)

  • Bitch.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Ratner's fims are stylish and flow with energy.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Is today opposite day?

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    ooops - forgot the quotation marks...

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    please somebody tell me

    by thesmilingpsycho

    what movie has the rock been in that has proved he is a good actor? he's a supporting role at best.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    I bet it will be wacky!

    by sweeneydave

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    openpodbay

    by Joe Plumber

    It's either Bizzarro Talkback or Ratner is posting that shite himself.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Dammit Manu Bennett would perfect for this role!

    by ganymede3010

    For those who don't know he plays Crixus in the critically acclaimed series Spartacus.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Fox has re earned my respect. After...

    by ganymede3010

    First Class, Rise of the Apes, The Chronicle, Prometheus (looks very promising) they are kicking ass and taking names right now. This isn't the Fox of 5 years ago.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST

    smilingpsycho, I never thought the Rock was a good actor

    by Joe Plumber

    but he does have charisma and I guess that is all it takes to be an action star. I mean when Vin Diesel acts you under the table, you can't be that great. Both, Arnold and Stallone aren't great actors either but they've created some iconic characters.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Kevin Sorbo needs to be in this

    by Afzal

  • Rated is an ok director. He can't tell a story to save his life, but he knows how to make a bland studio movie, that the studio wants and will make a profit. He's got no originality or vision. And I'm glad he gave the dictator herpes.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Forget Johnson....

    by Chuck

    Bring back Kevin Sorbo and I will be all over this. I'm not even joking.

  • And i don't have negative things to say about RED DRAGON, nothing of importance and of note. I´ll probably go to hell for that. Or purgatory, if the catholics are correct. But otherwise, man, Brett Ratner's career is made of arse! What a bad director this guy is. And by all accounts, a major douchebag in real life. Swell!

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Dwane Johnson as Hercules? Pretty good choice, if you ask me.

    by AsimovLives

    So much better then Kevin fucking Sorbo, that's for sure!

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    ganymede3010

    by AsimovLives

    The cast of SPARTACUS Tv show look like romana nd greek status made flesh. Those guys would all be great in some epic movie about the Trojan war, each playing the greek and trojan heroes of the tale. The Ashu guy could play Odisseus, since he is so good at playing scheming and planing. And he's rip too.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    I know this is not a Spartacus thread, but...

    by AsimovLives

    ... Manu Benneth is kicking my ass in SPARTACUS VENGENCE. His Crixus is now my favorite character in the show. The character gaine such an upgrade in all levels (smarts, eloquence, character, sympathy) and the actor is playing the character with such gusto, it's a joy to behold. Hell, everybody is great in the show!

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    chickenstu

    by NightArrows

    You sure can! Someone used the term "Cunthammer" and for the life of me I can't remember where I saw that.

  • Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Tower Heist was not all that funny....

    by ZodNotGod

    Would have worked much better as a drama/heist flick, with a few re-writes to make Alan Alda meaner and Eddie more violent. Great score though!

  • Fantastic flick with a fantastic performance by Dwayne!

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    I'm sure it will look like ATTACK OF THE CLONES

    by MooseMalloy

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    zodnotgod

    by AsimovLives

    Good to see the love for FASTER.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    watch hercules II if you wanna see an hilarious piece of shit.

    by alienindisguise

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Needs Xena's Boobs

    by Mace Tofu

    Lucy Lawless is whipping them out on cable. Couldn't hurt to add them to the cast.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Reeves was Hercules.

    by TinkerTIW

    Period.

  • the direct to DVD sequel will have Dolph Lundgren instead.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Tower Heist was fucking shit, by the way

    by Mel

    god awful movie.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Wait, they still let Ratner make movies?

    by NeonFrisbee

    Really?

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    New Trek is great!

    by thot

    Looking very much forward to the new one. My wife was never interested in Trek at all til she watched it. Very well done. Also, Tower Heist was a load of fun. Eddie Murphy was back in fine form.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Ok, I'll be the one to say it

    by wcolbert

    Huh? The Rock as....Hercules? I've got to say, never would have occured to me as a casting director. The fundamental problem with this is not his charisma or acting ability - he's shown he can act just fine, albeit not oscar quality, but still. He's got charisma in spades. I like the guy. HOWEVER.... the man couldn't pass for Greek / Roman if his life depended on it. He simply isn't physically someone who fits the bill - mostly in the facial/cranial structure. He looks like a big samoan dude. Because he is. Samoan and black. suffice it to say, he bears no resemblance to the statues, carvings, paintings of Heracles/Hercules. He is just. clearly. Not. from that part of the world, ethnically. It's like casting a caucasian man to play the first emperor of China. Or a black man to play Aristotle. Ok, I know, I know, Hercules was a demigod - descended from Zeus himself. So not technically one ethnicity or another. Strictly adhering to what we see in the ancient greek and roman depictions of the mythological character, though, the gods AND demigods looked more European (specifically from southern Europe) than anything else - they were, unsurprisingly, modeled after the people who conjured them up. Kind of like how most westerners have a rather caucasian looking man in mind for Jesus, when he would have been a bit darker in skin and hair at that place and time. That is, if you buy into religion. That said...I'd still go to see the movie. Because I like the Rock. He's just a likeable guy. He's good in what he appears in, for the most part, especially considering he started out as a wrestler. He'll never quite be an Arnold replacement for me, but he works as an Arnold "patch". ;) RATNER is what worries me about this more so than the appearance of Johnson.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Also Arnold has played Herakles.

    by KilliK

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST

    wrath_of_fett

    by Rob0729

    Sorry, but The Rock isn't the next Arnold. Arnold was box office gold during the 80s. He could make any movie a blockbuster. The Rock like Vin Deisel are just pretenders and still cannot consistently open a movie other than The Fast and the Furious movies and pick a lot of crap. I like The Rock, but he picks a lot of shit movies and still is not a huge box office draw. He is more like Jean Claude Van Damme than Arnold in his ability to open a movie and picking scripts. Personally, I don't know if anyone will actually replace Arnold. This is a different era. Actors are almost irrelevant. CGI is the box office draw to most big action movies in the summer, not muscle-bound action stars.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    will there be rehearsals?

    by vulturess

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Sometimes Hercules is Maciste

    by SnootyBoots

    Maciste, I gather, is Italy's very own mythical strong man. A lot of those Italian sword and sandal movies from the early 60s are about Maciste, but when the movies were dubbed into english he was given names like Samson, Goliath, Atlas, and even Hercules.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST

    I suggest James McAvoy to play Newton

    by Triple_J_72

    Newton! That's me! That's me!

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST

    AS long as it's a property I don't care about

    by FrodoFraggins

    It's fine by me.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Untalented people are going to get big gigs in Hollywood, face it.

    by Mugato5150

    Whether it's the douche who directs Rush Hour 7 or the twat who writes Transformers 2, let them do their thing and learn to do something with a skillset. You might not make as much but you'll always have a gig.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Brett Ratener

    by A maze thing spy the man

    He actually made a better Hannibal Lecter-movie than Ridley Scott did

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 10:56 p.m. CST

    I meant Brett Ratner

    by A maze thing spy the man

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 12:18 a.m. CST

    yeah

    by Shakes

    because Conan did so well at the box office

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 2:27 a.m. CST

    It should be Rat and Arnold having Herc fucking ladies

    by chien_sale

    He would invade the Amazons and say stuff like VERY NIIIIICCCCE!

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 4:28 a.m. CST

    @snootyboots that is correct.

    by KilliK

    although there have been some italian b-movies of that era about Herakles.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 4:31 a.m. CST

    google69

    by AsimovLives

    That's debatable.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:04 a.m. CST

    I'd rather Ratner occupy himself with this goofy project, rather....

    by Orbots Commander

    ...than have him ruin a truly good property. So yeah, more power to you doing a Dwayne Johnson-Hercules movie, Brett; I hope you get chained to it for ten more sequels.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Nordling can't satisfy his wife in bed

    by nordling

    His penis is too small and he's gay.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Hercules In New York

    by Rick Webb

    Tires squealing on grass = Awesome

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    No, Rock! Get on the phone to Marvel and play Submariner instead.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 4:34 a.m. CST

    If we HAVE to continue dealing with Bratner...

    by BrashHulk

    ... then fine, keep him relegated to mouth-breathing, weightless fare like Rush Hour and all of its puerile spawn. Please keep him away from any movies in the Geek Genres - including, but not limited to: science-fiction, action-adventure, fantasy, horror, thriller, and mystery... encompassing any combinations of said genres, along with their sub-genres (space opera, comic-book, animation, etc.). I never again want to be sitting in a movie theater watching a geek movie and seeing that smarmy, fat-ass, d-bag frat boy's name in the credits.